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Top 10 Things to Do in Beloit, Wisconsin in July

Summer fun in Beloit can be found less than a two-hour drive from Chicago or Milwaukee! Beloit is a destination that’s perfect for a no-stress, no-fuss summer weekend getaway. Beloit has a hip and historic vibe and sits just north of the Illinois border on the banks of the Rock River. There’s tons of fun things to do whether you’re planning a trip with a group of friends, a romantic escape with your partner, or an adventurous outdoor weekend away from the big city. Take a look through our top 10 things to do in Beloit in July.

1. Tour Beckman Mill

Cooperage at Beckman Mill
Cooperage at Beckman Mill

Beckman Mill is the oldest operating grist mill in Wisconsin and is located at Beckman Mill County Park, 6 miles west of Beloit. On the grounds of the 50-acre county park you will see the authentically restored 1868 mill, pond, fish ladder, foot bridge, saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, vintage garden, nature trail, and more. On July 21st, there will be an Ice Cream Social and Artists in the Park event from 12-4 pm. Bring the family to enjoy old-fashioned ice cream and watch artists at work. There will also be a book signing.

2. Take in a Beloit Snappers Game

Beloit Snappers
Beloit Snappers

The Beloit Snappers are a Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. All home games are held at Pohlman Field in Beloit. The Snappers play 70 home games and ticket prices start as low as $6.50.

The Snappers offer many giveaways including bobbleheads throughout the season, and provide major-league fun at affordable prices. There are daily promotions, and theme nights throughout the season. Click here for tickets and promotions.

3. Get Lunch & Enjoy Live Music at Fridays in the Park

Fridays in the Park
Fridays in the Park

Fridays in the Park is an annual summer lunchtime concert series that has been held in the heart of downtown for three decades. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend!

Take a lunch break from 11:30 am-1:30 pm every Friday to enjoy fantastic free live musical performances at the First National Bank Plaza. In addition to the music, you can purchase lunch and a soft drink or water for just $7. There is a different band and restaurant featured each week. Click here for a printable list of Bands & Restaurants.

4. Shop Til You Drop at the State’s Second-Largest Farmers’ Market

Downtown Beloit Farmers' Market
Downtown Beloit Farmers’ Market

Beloit’s award-winning market has been drawing thousands of locals and visitors to the heart of Downtown Beloit since 1974!

The open-air market is held rain or shine and bursts at the seams! More than 100 vendors sell their products including fresh seafood, organics, produce, artisan crafts, gourmet popcorn, Amish baked goods, raw honey, fresh flowers, and more! Click here to see the full list of vendors.

5. Rock Out to the Region’s Best Bands at Music at Harry’s Place

Music at Harry's Place

Music at Harry’s Place is put on by Friends of Riverfront and features jazz, blues, swing, and big band. There are some picnic tables on site, but many people bring their own your lawn chairs or blankets. Summer is about relaxing under the stars while enjoying awesome live bands! There are also several food truck vendors offering a variety of tasty treats, soft drinks, and beer for those of age.

The concerts take place on the bank of the beautiful Rock River in Riverside Park, offer breathtaking views at sunset. The park is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your well-behaved pup on a leash.

6. Enjoy a Eclectic Mix of Vendors and Live Music at the Rockton River Market

rockton river market
Rockton River Market

The Rockton River Market brings downtown Rockton to life every Wednesday June-August. Held in Settlers Park, the market offer a mix of food and vendors selling a variety of goods. Live bands begin performing at 6 pm. Get the lineup of bands here.

7. Enjoy Dining Al Fresco at One of Beloit’s Many Outdoor Patios
Velvet Buffalo Outdoor Patio at Hotel Goodwin

Outdoor dining is one of the best parts of summer! Enjoy modern Italian at Velvet Buffalo, a stuffed burger at Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar, or homemade wood-fired pizzas at Double B Farm & Country Cafe, just to name a few. Click here for a full list and more information.

8. Enjoy an Outdoor Music Festival July 20

Rockin the Range at the Beloit Club
Zac Matthews Band at Rockin’ the Range on July 20th!

Rockin’ the Range will take place at picturesque Beloit Club from 3-8 pm and promises a fun evening with friends or family. The outdoor festival will feature music, great food, and tasty beverages! Enjoy live music from headliner, Zac Matthews Band, voted the #1 Country band in Wisconsin in 2019! Unwind at the with blues, rock, and country music brought to you by the Ryan McGrath Band. There is no cover charge for the bands. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chairs.

9. Cool of With a Craft Brew

Flight of beer at G5 Brewing Co.
A Beer Flight at G5 Brewing Co.

G5 Brewing Company is Beloit’s newest and only brewery. Brewhouse consultant and nationally certified Master Beer Judge, Keith Symonds, was hired to help establish the G5 Brewing brand. The brewery features a 10-barrel brewing system. They are currently serving 12 brews including wheats, IPAs, browns, and stouts just to name a few.

In addition to beer, they offer five white wines and four reds and a full menu, including appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and pizza.

10. Paddle Down the Rock River or Turtle Creek

Paddle Adventure Club
Paddle Adventure Club at Tiffany Bridge

Paddle Adventure Club offers approximately two hour, relaxed, guided kayak outings for adults only (unless specified). Special outings may include: Dusk Paddles, Pub Paddles, Family Paddles (kids welcome), Sunset Paddles, and Full Moon Paddles! Each route is scouted before hand to ensure your safety and to guarantee an enjoyable adventure. You can bring your own kayak or rent one from them for a reasonable fee. Shuttling on creeks and rivers is included in the rental fee and is offered for $5 extra if you bring your own kayak. You can attend a scheduled paddle or create of kayaking adventure of your own! Click here to see July events.

As you can see, there’s tons to do in July—we couldn’t list everything. Click here for more great ideas for things to do in and around Beloit!

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